Chiropractic & Constipation

Chiropractic & Constipation


I’m Dr. Dave Hanson. This is my wife, Kristen, and we are the owners of Hanson Family Chiropractic here in Batavia. So, we’ve got two little guys and we are very much looking forward to them being out of diapers, and being a little more independent with the brushing of the teeth, and going to bed and staying there. Staying in bed. That would be wonderful. We’re trying to be present in the moment and enjoy these little people while we’ve got them in our home. We’re also looking forward to seeing how they turn out – the men that they become, what they decide to do with their lives, who they’ll marry and things, so it’s exciting. So, today we’re talking about poop. That’s right. You know, it’s kind of funny, but we actually help people out with that quite a bit, but we don’t get a lot… Nobody wants to talk about it. …testimonials about it because nobody wants to talk about their poop, but it’s a very common issue but common doesn’t mean normal. Right? Right. And obviously diet is a factor, too. Totally. Yeah, if you’re eating garbage then your whole gut is going to be inflamed, and all kinds of things aren’t going to work right besides just your digestion, but typically by the time a kid or grownup will come here specifically for that problem, they’ve already gone down the nutritional route they’re on supplements, they’ve been on medications…you know that all that stuff with varying degrees of success, but are still having some sort of a problem. So, obviously stress is a factor. Absolutely. If a person’s under a lot of stress that means their body’s under stress, and they can shut down the whole digestive system all by itself, but your intestines are also – there’s like a muscle that milks the food along through your intestines and eventually exiting, but that muscle, if it’s not working properly, the food will just sit there, and the person gets constipated. So, we have to ask ourselves why is this muscle not working which ultimately comes down to your brain, because it’s your brain telling your intestines what to do, and it does that by sending messages down your spine to the various parts of your body, so I like to think about it just kind of like a fuse box, if you have a blown fuse somewhere in your spine, then wherever that nerve is going it’s not going to work properly and it’s the same story for constipation. My job as the chiropractor is to look for this disconnect between brain and body to restore that connection and so your body just works the way it’s supposed to. Some when people are constipated, a lot of times, it can be like flipping a light switch, and they can start going again because their body returns to normal function.

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